Month: June 2020

Understanding the potential of COVID-19 convalescent plasma

June 30, 2020

The Department of Defense has set a goal to collect more than 8,000 donated units of plasma from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 by Sept. 30, 2020. This blood will be used to treat critically ill patients and support the development of an effective treatment against the disease. Like a missile locking on its […]

Read More

Lee Monument lawsuits a hot potato for Richmond judges

June 30, 2020

By Michael Schwartz (RBiz) There’s a case of the recusals going around among Richmond judges. A combined six local judges have recused themselves from the two lawsuits filed this month seeking to halt the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue. The hot potato streak started June 8 with Richmond Circuit Court […]

Read More
Flagwave

Trump administration extends visa ban to non-immigrants

June 24, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday extended a ban on green cards issued outside the United States until the end of the year and added many temporary work visas to the freeze, including those used heavily by technology companies and multinational corporations. The administration cast the effort as a way to free up […]

Read More
Riggleman

After a string of losses, Va. Republicans wrestle with hard right’s influence

June 24, 2020

Fifth Congressional District Republican Candidate Denver Riggleman campaigns at Richmond International Airport with Vice President Mike Pence in 2018. (Ned Oliver/VM) VM- U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman, the only Republican victor in Virginia’s four competitive congressional races in 2018, was just ousted by conservative constituents upset he officiated a gay wedding. Riggleman claims he was railroaded, […]

Read More

‘A critical moment in our history:’ McClellan announces run for Va. governor

June 18, 2020

From left, Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, D-Prince William, State Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, and Del. Hala Ayala, D-Prince William, pose in front of a bus calling for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment at the Capitol in 2018. (Photo by Katherine Jordan) By Graham Moomaw VM – For years, Virginia state Sen. Jennifer McClellan […]

Read More

Local activists applaud RVA police chief resignation

June 16, 2020

Several community organizations are applauding the June 16 resignation of Richmond Police Chief William Smith following allegations of “blatant police abuse and outright lies” over police response to recent protests.  Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney requested and received the resignation of Richmond Police Chief Will Smith Tuesday. Soon after, Stoney named Major William “Jody” Blackwell, a […]

Read More

One arrested, several detained after incident at Lee Monument

June 14, 2020

By Phil Wilayto RICHMOND, VA (VD) — Richmond police confirmed the arrest of one of several heavily armed individuals involved in an incident early Friday morning at the Lee statue on Monument Avenue. Several others were “detained,” but apparently have not yet been charged. According to an eyewitness, the incident involved one of several vehicles […]

Read More

Good riddance to Advance America

June 13, 2020

By Roger Chesley Spare no tears for Advance America, Virginia’s largest payday loan operator. The company has now decided to flee the commonwealth before new, tougher regulations passed by the General Assembly begin next year. You can bet the more than 80,000 Virginians who got payday loans, just in 2018 alone, from Advance America and similar […]

Read More

With in-person therapy limited, mental health care providers struggle to reach vulnerable patients

June 12, 2020

By Julia Raimondi and Riley Blake VCIJ – Austin Sweigart was discharged from inpatient treatment at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center’s psychiatric ward in mid-March, days before the statewide stay-at-home order took effect. Sweigart, a 29-year-old event planner and gay rights activist in Richmond, has since struggled to find follow-up treatment, as therapists have limited […]

Read More

‘We want to be there if it’s safe’: Virginia teachers still have questions about the state’s plan to reopen schools

June 10, 2020

VM – As schools in Virginia prepare to reopen, some teachers still have questions on how the state’s new guidelines will be implemented. On Tuesday, Gov. Ralph Northam announced that K-12 education will follow a phased reopening similar to the rest of the state, with the hope of slowly reintroducing in-person instruction for all students. […]

Read More